Camp: ‘At No Time Was The Issue Of Abuse Raised By Mrs. Devita’

BOSTON (CBS) – The mother of the man accused of molesting three people at a Christian camp on the Cape says she tried to warn the camp about him, but was ignored, an assertion that the camp denies as being true.

Sandy Devita spoke Thursday in an interview from her home in Tampa, Florida, a day after her son Chuck killed himself at Camp Good News in Sandwich.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports

The camp apologized to Senator Scott Brown earlier this year after he claimed he was molested at a camp on the Cape when he was a child. Brown has refused to identify the name of the camp.

The Brown incident encouraged an unidentified man to come forward this week, claiming Devita molested him at the camp as a child, according to the man’s attorney Mitchell Garabedian.

While authorities investigated the claim, Devita, 43, shot and killed himself at the camp Wednesday morning.

Garabedian said three more alleged abuse victims came forward on Wednesday, bringing the total of complaints from former campers to four. Three of the four said they were victimized by Devita.

Devita talks to WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens

Devita’s mother said she suspected something about her son more than two decades ago.

“I thought something might have been going on at the camp many years ago and I called them and they kind of brushed it off,” she said.

“They were afraid he was gay rather than the thing that I was most concerned about, which is the child abuse, the sex abuse.”

Devita said she was once a sex abuse investigator in New York and her son’s behavior prompted her concern.

“He was not dating as a young man his age should,” she said. “He was working in field where there were children.”

“He had no social life. He wound up working at the camp. He had gone to the camp as a young child.”

“He was just hanging out with kids basically, and that was disturbing to me because of my training and knowledge that I had.”

“I confronted him with it myself,” she said. “I couldn’t break my son and I tried to… he gave me a song and dance.”

Devita said she stopped talking to her son when he was 24.

She added that it’s “very painful” to see how things turned out.

“I was right and I wish I could have done something, but there was nothing I could do,” she said.

“If I had known he was really doing what I was suspicious of, I would have had him arrested.”

Camp Good News denied in a statement that they were ever informed. “Faith Willard, a 78-year-old with an MA in counseling from Columbia University, had only one phone conversation with Sandy Devita and has never met her in person, to the best of her knowledge…At no time was the issue of abuse raised by Mrs. Devita to Ms. Willard,” the statement read in part.

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  • joan Hogan

    A Mother Knows her child Best. It is shameful she was not listened to. Our
    Children Need to be Protected ! All Children need to be protected. My Heart Breaks for all the victims. I am so saddened and aggravated to hear Horror .stories ,and how Allegations ,especialy by Church Related Sponsored events get Ignored and Covered up. I Am not referring to all places of Worship , just the ones who knowingly cover up abuse.

    • Paul Berloty

      Look how she is crazy … Chuck Devita is inocent i was a caper and i Knew him perfectly. I know what i m talking about and i m maybe the only one

      • Joan Hogan

        In response To Paul Bertoly .. You Can Be Blinded by the Light. I Really do
        not think the campers are Fabricating their story. I find Your Comments Hurtful to all of the victims involved. You can disparage all the people who were hurt by this Person, Including his mother, however, Why Would these People Lie ! ? You Claim his Mother was unstable, Maybe this Is because she fell apart emotionally,
        from what her son had done.

    • Paul Berloty

      I forgot about his mom, It s easy to tell you she is crazy. But Trust me she is, she always told him stupid things, only be cause he never had a girlfriend when he was teenage, she tell you that she knows that will happen … Come on she just want to be on TV its her Glory time…. She said what the TV want to hear.
      Then Trust TV who lies every day to sell something or me… Big Deal

  • jake

    No doubt turning their heads and pushing this under the rug thinking it would go away – parents stay away from the camp..

    • Roy Gould

      Not likely. More like being in denial. I have seen it before. People do not want to believe that someone they know is doing those heinous things.
      Part of this has to do with the way the media portrays child molesters as scary looking freaks. In fact, they are people you know and love. They look like the average Joe most of the time. They ARE the average Joe most of the time.
      Learn more here:

  • shotime

    I wish they would close down this camp until all allegations of abuse have been thoroughly investigated. I have a real bad feeling about this place!

  • emom

    I have a major ?????? WHY did it take decades for anything to be done , if someone knew 2 decades ago that this was happening, then WHY was not more told of it, LIKE THE PARENTS OF THE CAMPERS.. DONT THEY DESERVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW SO THEY HAD THE CHANCE TO PROTECT THEIR KIDS………………DON’T THEY .

    • John

      emom: you are as annoying as Cynic.

  • jlaw

    Whether Mr. Devita was guilty of these allegations or not, I am highly suspicious of his mother’s true motivation in coming forward with her comments and allegations now. I suspect that she is more concerned with grabbing her 15 minutes of fame than she is with protecting kids. First, she and her son were estranged–my gut tells me there is more to that than she is telling. Secondly, she never mentions warning the powers-that-be at Riverview School or Sandwich schools about her son. If protecting kids was her true motivation, wouldn’t she have done that? Thirdly, one minute she says he was sick and needed help and the next she is saying she would have called the cops herself to have him put away. Watching her in this video, her claims don’t ring true. I see I woman who is either getting revenge on a son who turned away from her (I suspect with very good reason) and/or someone who is desperately trying to push away the idea outsiders may have that she helped create a monster.

    • Paul Berloty

      You Are totaly Right! I knew chuck Devita/ He left home be cause his mom was crazy ( sorry for my english i m French)
      Believe me that this guy was inocent, his mom never called him back, she doesn’t care about him, and now she can talk, she can be some one so she said what the TV want her to say….

      Thanks to be like you are,

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